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Bob Dylan’s thirty-sixth studio album, Shadows in the Night, has topped the Irish Albums Chart; displacing Ed Sheeran’s X. Dylan’s latest release is a collection of pop standards originally made famous by Frank Sinatra. It is the first new release to top the Irish chart in 2015.

Horror film The Hallow, shot in Ireland, funded by Bord Scannán na hÉireann and co-produced by Irish company Fantastic Films has had its American distribution rights acquired by IFC Midnight. The Colin Hardy-directed film, formerly known as The Woods, premiered at Sundance Film Festival to rave reviews.

Boyhood came out on top at this years BAFTA awards as it scooped the prize for best picture, with Richard Linklater winning for best director. Julianne Moore picked up the best actress gong for her role in Still Alice, while Eddie Redmayne was named best actor for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything.

Tipperary actress Kerry Condon is reportedly in talks to become a part of David Fincher’s upcoming comedy on HBO. Thurles native Condon, best known for her role as Octavia of the Julii in Rome would play Marcy, an “angry record executive” in the Fight Club director’s new project titled Living on Video.

Tegan and Sara will perform their collaboration with The Lonely Island, “Everything Is Awesome” from the Lego Movie soundtrack at this year’s Academy Awards.

Iconic British actor Michael Gambon has retired from theatre, as memory struggles prevented him from remembering his lines. The Fortitude star has said that he made the decision about six months ago, though he will continue acting in film and TV.

A lengthy excerpt of Kim Gordon’s memoir Girl in a Band has been published in The Guardian. The Sonic Youth bassist’s writing tells of her relationships with Kurt Cobain, Courtney Love and Sonic Youth bandmate/husband Thurston Moore, detailing the eventual disintegration of alternative rock’s major power couple. The excerpt also contains a hilarious putdown of the Smashing Pumpkins, with Gordon claiming they “took themselves way too seriously and were in no way punk rock.”

Harper Lee is set to publish her second novel, 55 years after her debut To Kill a Mockingbird. The idea for Go Set a Watchman was initially conceived before Lee’s debut, but she was persuaded to shift attention to what would become a classic. Controversy arose over whether or not the author was actually involved in the publication process as she is now mostly deaf and partially blind, but publishers HarperCollins moved quickly to diffuse the situation and released a statement attributed to Lee, saying she is “alive and kicking”. The book will be released in July and is already at the top of Amazon’s pre-order chart.

Odrán de Bhaldraithe and Bryan Grogan

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